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Requirements vary by state, but typically require successful completion of a series of rigorous examinations.

 

Like all physicians in the U.S., osteopathic physicians are licensed to practice medicine by state licensing boards. If you graduated more than 25 years ago with fewer “standardized” credentials, you may be subject to different standards of eligibility for licensure in the United States.

 

The US Licensure Summary (login required) includes:

 

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Preprofessional education requirements are not described, although they are retained in many licensing statutes. Some statutes even continue to specify the extent of a high school education that an applicant must have. The admissions requirements of all accredited osteopathic colleges serve to insure that virtually all recipients of the DO degree now have a minimum of three years in college, and most have a BA or BS degree.

Fees are listed when available, but since fees change more frequently than any other requirement, there may be changes. Please rely on the latest information supplied by individual state boards.

 

Taking an examination administered by the licensing board. It may prepare its own examination or administer an examination that has been prepared and purchased from a specialized agency. Today, the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA) and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) are the most widely used tests.